Action for Change is Girlguiding’s project to create the UK’s largest girl-led advocacy network. On the weekend of 26th – 28th October 2018, girls from across Girlguiding South West England will come together at PGL Liddington in Wiltshire to learn all about campaigning, public speaking, project management and more – before joining their local network to design their own or a group social action project. The girls will be supported by a team of Network Coordinators who will also attend the weekend which will be free of charge for all those taking part.
About Action for Change
Region are currently recruiting for:
- Participants aged 14 – 25 to join the Region’s network; and
- Network Coordinators aged over 18 to help inspire and support our participants.
If you are passionate about social change, this is your chance to get involved in something amazing!
Your involvement in Action for Change will start with the fun residential weekend in October which will be packed with loads of interactive sessions and talks from motivational speakers – in other countries and regions these have included Youth Mayor, Anna Rigby; campaigner, Yas Necati; and Laura Bates. You will have the chance to develop your ideas and start planning how you can make a difference. You will also meet your Network Coordinator who will support you throughout the project via monthly telephone calls and messages.
You will join an active network in your local area so you can stay in touch with the friends you make, share ideas, and work together on projects. Your Network Coordinator will help you develop your plan and solve any problems you may come up against. Girlguiding will send you a monthly newsletter full of exciting news and things to do, and you will have access to an exclusive online folder with loads of resources and information to help you.
You will learn all about project planning, persuasive communication – written and spoken, powerful storytelling, using social media for change, and how to include your experiences in your CV. Plus, Action for Change will contribute towards Element 4 of your Queen’s Guide Award – Service in Guiding.
To join the network you need to be aged 14 – 25 and from Girlguiding South West England, be prepared to commit to the project for its duration, and be ready to make change happen! No previous experience is required.
As a Network Coordinator you will help young members in your local area to take on the issues that matter to them – by providing coaching and support to make sure they are connected to their peers and fully equipped to make positive change.
You will play a key part in the residential weekend – getting to know young members and facilitating workshops and discussions. You will meet and work with a small group of up to five young members who you will then coach and support for the duration of the project via the Girlguiding South West England advocacy network.
Your role will include working with young members – on their own or together – to advise them on how to develop their individual or group ideas; coaching individual young members and guiding them towards possible solutions to any problems or challenges they face; providing remote pastoral support for each young member through e-mail, telephone, social media or face to face meetings; encouraging the girls to proactively use and contribute to the network; working with a Youth Advocacy Network Officer to provide updates on what individual young members are working towards and to identify any training needs for the girls.
To ensure you feel fully supported, you will be provided with a day-long induction to the role before the weekend in October, plus ongoing training opportunities, a network of fellow local volunteers to support you, and expenses and references if you need them.
To apply to be a Network Coordinator you need to be over 18 years of age and a member of Senior Section or a volunteer within Girlguiding South West England. Although you don’t need any specific qualifications, we are looking for experience of mentoring or supporting young people; facilitating or leading groups; using digital platforms, especially social media. You need to be able to commit to the project for its duration and to make monthly calls to each member in your group and hold a monthly call with the Lead Volunteer who will support you in your role.
26th – 28th October 2018
More information and details about how to book as either a participant or a network coordinator, click below to visit the Girlguiding South West Region website: